Sunday, October 31, 2010

How I Spent Halloween

Today I went to a family reunion. This is just me, my brothers and their families, my neices and nephews and their families. Everyone was there and it was so great seeing them all. The kids seem to shoot up a lot in a year's time. It has been a year since I've seen some of them. I wish we had gotten the kids all together for a group photo but that's real hard. We had the reunion at my nephew's house. His parents live right across the field, so some of the kids went to the barn where they have a nice fort that their Papaw built for them; some went to a tree house that Papaw built for them; others headed for the creek; and some of the younger ones were busy digging in the huge sandbox.

Today was my neice's 34th birthday and my nephew's wife (who makes wonderful cakes and decorates them so beautifully) made this replica of a Louis Vuitton purse and a shoe sitting on a shoebox. The details were amazing!! I had never heard of this man, but looked at some of the purses online and they are extremely extremely expensive. So instead of getting the real things, she got cake that looked like that! Here is a photo of her holding the two cakes. If you click any photos they should enlarge. Judi also made another cake for all of us to eat and it was amazing too. For some reason Blogger will not let me upload any more photos, so I'll show it to you another time. Jennifer does look happy with her cakes, doesn't she? She is such a sweet person!

Me and my sweet great-neice Abby. This is Jennifer's daughter.

Here she is in her cute outfit today! Note those orange shoes!! She was drinking water and you can see the bottle by her feet. She had to lay it down while getting her photo taken!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween and got treats instead of tricks!!! I sure did enjoy my day!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Catching Up

Things here have been back to normal with my husband. He got over his UTI and is doing well; as well as he was before this that is. He is confined to a hospital bed and is total care 24/7. I don't really talk about it much on here. He has been like that for over 5 years, after having had two strokes. So we are used to Home Health coming out and the VA nurses, and the VA doctor even comes here to the house to see him. He is on their Homebound Program, which I think is wonderful. They have been super nice to me and him in every way possible and they do anything they can to help me. The last time the Doctor was out (she is a Nurse Practitioner), she told me that he is one of their success stories. I often use Comfort Keepers to sit with him when I go somewhere, and these people are all good to have to help me when I need it, and all this enables me to keep him here at home, where he wants to be, where I want him to be, and where he gets good care. It's just not the same in a nursing home. So I will keep him here as long as I'm able to.

I have been trying to declutter and that is such a chore for me. I have lots of clutter! Our church is having an auction/yard sale coming up next month, so I have been looking for things to give to that cause. The money will go towards paying off some additional land that they recently purchased. This will be held at a local park, and not at the church. I have rounded up several things so far to donate. Sometimes I take things to Goodwill. There's also a thrift store that is run by a church and I take things there too. They have built a home for people who are recovering from addictions of all kinds. So far they have the home for the men completed. Later they will build one for women. So I think this is all good to help them out, since they are trying to reach out and help others.

Fall is in the air and the leaves are changing colors and falling. It'll soon be that dreaded leaf raking time. You all may recall that is one chore I do not care for! But things are so pretty right now. Folks are set up different places around the area selling Mums and I just love Mums! I got 4 pretty ones today. I couldn't believe how cheap they were. These are good size Mums and they were 4 for $20! Three covered the back seat and one went beside me in the front seat. The smell in the car was wonderful! I never realized how good they smell until I was all up close and personal with them in the car! This guy has lots of them and he sets up in an area by the mall. I hadn't stopped before because I figured they'd be much higher than that. Wow, was I surprised and a very nice surprise at that! This tree is located downtown. One side had turned such a pretty orange, but the other side was pretty much still green.

Pup had a birthday on the 18th and he turned 13! That's fairly old for a dog I guess. I can sure tell he's getting older. He doesn't hear as well anymore. Sometimes I can get out of bed and he never wakes up. Sometimes when I come home after being gone somewhere he'll be asleep and never wake up until I go and wake him up. Back in his younger days you could never sneak out of bed without him knowing or come in the house without him knowing. On his birthday I took him to the drive-thru at Culver's and got him a Cheeseburger, plain of course. I took him to a little park that is beside the road a few miles from the house. By then the burger had cooled enough to let him eat it, and I gave him half of it. Then I let him wander around the park (there was no one there) for about 20 minutes. Then I had some water for him and then I drove home and tried to keep it slower than usual, so he could let the wind blow in his face and let his ears blow in the wind. Dogs like that sort of thing! That night I gave him the other half of the burger. So I guess he had a good birthday. No cake, but I think to a dog a cheeseburger would definitely be better! Ain't he cute?


Next week is Halloween and I'm going to do my level best to get a post up!! So come back for that!! In the meantime, I hope everyone is doing great!!!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

What's Happening in My Life.......

I thought I'd get a quick post in today. I know you all just miss me soooo much!! Haha! Anyway, it's been busy here.

My dear husband got a real bad UTI a couple of weeks ago and we ended up in the ER, where you wait and wait and wait. I will spare you the details, but he ended up being sent to the VA Hospital in Lexington, via ambulance, at 1:30 in the morning. I came home and crashed and went up there the next day.

The day after that they called and said they were sending him home, and that he had responded well to the IV antibiotics. They sent him home too soon and his fever went back up and his urine output was only teaspoons at a time. Home Health ended up coming out and giving him IV fluids here at home. He got those continuously for 5 days. Thankfully he has gotten better. Now I have to try and push him to drink, drink, drink! It's not easy, as he doesn't like to drink too much these days.
Hope all is well with my friends in blogland! I'm trying to get around to checking on everyone as much as I can.

Scottie looks like he needs a bigger bed, doesn't he? The NIP bag you see there has catnip in it, so he looks like he's all passed out from too much NIP!

Church Signs

I like both of these signs!

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